May 2nd 2013
Know How... 42
Video Compression with Handbrake
Learn how to use the free, cross-platform video converter Handbrake to get the best results.
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Handbrake. Iyaz likes to get as much as he can out of his source videos to create portable, streamable copies of movies and TV shows.
Tweaking your videoWhen you're compressing video, the resulting video file is what you'll be watching again and again. Why not make sure you have the best quality video? After you choose a source video, definitely check out the "Preview Window." You can generate a live preview to see if your resulting video will have any weirdness like interlacing. If you see some oddities like interlacing, check out Picture Settings > Filters. Here you can alter some parameters to fine tune your video.
- Useful Terms:
- Detelecine: This has to do with how the video is interlaced when framerates are changed around. See Handbrake's wiki for a technical explanation.
- Decomb: Similar to Detelecine, this looks at every pixel. While having better results, it will slow down your encode.
- Picture Settings > Size. The Strict option ensures that the aspect ratio conforms exactly to the ratio of the original movie. A Loose setting alters the dimensions so they are more efficiently encoded.
- Crop: Will automatically remove black bars you'd have in your source video.